The Latest – January 23, 2012 23 Jan 12

Timberwolves Host McHale’s Rockets

(Minneapolis, MN) — Kevin McHale returns to Minnesota tonight as his streaking Houston Rockets visit an improved Timberwolves team. McHale, who twice left his front-office position with the Timberwolves as vice president of basketball operations to coach the Wolves, brings a Houston team on a six-game winning streak. Ironically, the Wolves’ bench boss is Rick Adelman, the coach McHale replaced in Houston. McHale, a Hall of Fame player with an incredible drop-step move for the Boston Celtics, is, of course, a Minnesota legend. Born in Hibbing, he was Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball during his senior season at Hibbing High School and went on to become an all-Big Ten player with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. In 1992, he was elected to the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame and, in 1995, he was selected as top player in the history of University of Minnesota men’s basketball. The lone Minnesota player remaining on the Timberwolves roster from the McHale era is star player Kevin Love. Tonight’s game tips off at 7 p.m.


Gophers At Michigan State On Wednesday

(Minneapolis, MN) — The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team has won three straight Big Ten games for the first time since early in last season’s league slate. The Golden Gophers knocked out Northwestern 75-52 yesterday at Williams Arena. The team will leave for East Lansing, Michigan tomorrow, where it will play No. 11 Michigan State on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Golden Gopher women hosts Wisconsin on Thursday. The Gopher women’s team lost at Nebraska 64-49 yesterday.


Minnesotan Named Big Ten Player of Week

(Chicago, IL) — Wisconsin senior point guard Jordan Taylor of Bloomington, Minnesota is this week’s Big Ten Conference Player of the Week. Taylor, who played prep basketball at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, averaged 17-points per game in two Badger wins last week. This is his first weekly honor of the season for him, and his second career citation.


NSIC Player of Week

(Burnsville, MN) — The NSIC has named its weekly award winners in men’s and women’s basketball. Bemidji State senior forward James Ellisor of Glendale, Arizona is the men’s Player of the Week after averaging 30-points in a pair of victories over the weekend. He scored 34 in a win over Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday, followed by a 26-point effort against Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday. This is his second weekly honor of the season. Minnesota State-Moorhead senior forward Angie Jetvig of Hawley is the women’s honoree. She led the league in scoring and rebounding over the weekend leading the Dragons to two wins.


Hockey Day Minnesota

(St. Paul, MN) — On the heels of a very successful Hockey Day Minnesota this past weekend, organizers have announced next year’s location site. The 2013 event will be held at Pokegama (poh-KEH’-gama) Lake in grand Rapids. The exact date will be announced this summer. 2012′s Hockey Day Minnesota raised more than 200-thousand dollars for Jake Jablonski, the high school hockey player paralyzed earlier this year.


Johnson Now A Part Of All-Star Weekend

(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota Wild forward Nick Johnson will take part in NHL All-Star Weekend festivities. He will take part in the rookies skills competition this Saturday night in Ottawa. The 26-year-old Johnson has played in 44 games this year and scored six goals. He ranks tenth in scoring among NHL rookies. Meanwhile, Minnesota star Mikko Koivu is officially out of the NHL All-Star Game with a shoulder injury. The NHL All-Star Game is set for Sunday afternoon in Ottawa.


Stars Sign Goligoski To Four-Year Deal

(Dallas, TX) — The Dallas Stars have locked up defenseman Alex Goligoski with a four-year, $18.4-million contract. The 26-year-old Grand Rapids native was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Goligoski, who played college hockey for the Golden Gophers, is in his first full season with the Stars after being acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins last February for James Neal. In his fifth NHL season, Goligoski has 33 career goals and 87 assists.